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Batman: Inferno (Batman)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  260 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Gotham’s never been so scorching, the Joker’s never been more despicable, and Batman’s never been in such grave danger.

With more than thirty fires raging out of control across the city, Gotham is indeed a hell on earth. But torching the population is small potatoes for the arsonist extraordinaire known as Enfer. The pyromaniac’s mad masterpiece is Arkham Asylum, blazing li
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Del Rey
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Dec 14, 2015 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
Irvine does an excellent job creating a conflict between Batman and the Joker that is both produced and complicated by another mad super-villain affected by chemical contact, Enfer, an arsonist. Enfer destroys Arkham Assylum, allowing a vast majority of the inmates, including the Joker to escape. Dr. Crane refuses to cooperate with the police by even providing a list of inmates who were present at the time of the fire, much less those who died in the inferno. Gotham city is on fire and the inmat ...more
Oct 23, 2007 Dominique rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: batman
The Joker escapes from captivity and using the tunnels that are beneath the city of Gotham, the Joker manages to find the Batcave, where he steals the Batsuit and the Batmobile, creating havoc on Batman's reputation.

I found this book difficult to read, mainly because the author wrote the book in the present tense; I'd like to think there was some reason behind the author doing that, but for me, as a reader, I found it confusing. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Jim C
Feb 28, 2014 Jim C rated it really liked it
My actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is a book based in the Batman universe. In Gotham, there is a firebug called Enfer who is destroying buildings and wants a confrontation with Batman. During one of his blazes, the Joker escapes and stumbles upon the Batcave. He decides to impersonate Batman and destroy his reputation.

This book surprised me and I enjoyed the story. The writer decided not to tell a story but decided to show each character's perspective on the current situation. As a result, this
Broken Warrior
Nov 25, 2008 Broken Warrior rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bat Fans
The book feels awkward, as it is written in present tense. It trips up the reader a bit, and forces them into a perspective that doesn't seem natural, wanting to constantly revert to a past tense feel. I don't konw why the author did that, but it only midly distracted me. His hyperintelligent sociopathic take on Joker was great, actually letting you see inside the villains mind a little to let you understand his trains of thought and how it pertains to what his idea of funny is. He also did very ...more
Ricky Ganci
Jan 01, 2012 Ricky Ganci rated it liked it
This book had a lot about it that I liked…a whole lot. It was much better than White Eyes, and Irvine’s characterization of the Joker was dead on. Enfer was a really great bad guy, a sort of sociopathic Guy Montag around whom Irvine built a motif that closely resembled aspects of Fahrenheit 451, such as the Krawlors (alluding perhaps to the Mechanical Hound) and some glancing references to a hose spraying flammable liquid that echoed (loudly, in my mind) Bradbury’s first pages. It was a very sma ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Keith rated it really liked it
Okay, look. Reading Batman prose is one of those things I don't realize I've done a lot of until I find myself reading more of it, and comparing it to a pretty wide range of previous stories while I do so. Sustaining a Batman novel seems like an insane task -- even around the 60-page mark, most Batman stories get a little unwieldy. I even did my Horrible, Judgmental First Page Test on this one at the bookstore (self explanatory: I read the first page, judge the entire book based on it and either ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay story, great production

Published in 2009 by GraphicAudio
Multicast performance featuring 26 actors
Duration: Approximately 7 hours.

Batman is called to duty to fight Enfer, a new villain whose name means "Hell" in French. Enfer is skilled with fire and explosives and suffered a transformation similar to that of Joker but his change involved a massive explosion. Enfer is hired to free the inmates of Arkham Asylum by its director, Dr. Crane. His arson burns the asylum and lets dozens of inmates
Jan 24, 2015 Jacobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read
This has a really strong first two acts, with the third being a little less potent. Still, as stories set in Gotham go, this was pretty good. I say Gotham, because this didn't really feel like a Batman story to me. It read more like an ensemble-something, because baddies Infer and Joker get as much time, if not more, than Batman. Also, one big element of the plot took me out of the story. There is an act of impersonation that was just a bit hard to buy into (the cover implies who's impersonating ...more
Carla Maria
Feb 14, 2010 Carla Maria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any fan of the Bat-world
As this was my first delve into the world of Bat-prose, I didn't exactly go into this expecting marvelous writing Maybe it was that low expectation that caused me to really enjoy it... Or maybe it's the fact that half the novel has the Joker running around in a Bat-suit! I found it hilarious.

My main issue was that the pacing kept getting ruined by the chapters alternating newspaper articles with the actual story. In my opinion, this was unnecessary and unfortunate as it detracted from what could
Jun 10, 2012 Cy rated it did not like it
A book with an interesting concept (The Joker masquerading as Batman and ruining the Caped Crusader's tenuous acceptance as hero by Gotham) ruined by a focus on the author's own original character. So much is spent on Enfer to the detriment of every thing else that it's just insulting that Enfer's storyline ends abruptly, goes nowhere, and is ultimately little more than an annoyance the book would have been markedly better without. Making matters worse, the book is written in the present tense a ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Fredrik rated it really liked it
Inferno by Alex Irvine is probably one of the best Batman-novels I've read so far, alongside No Man's Land.

Really, the only thing that kinda put me of was the fact that the book is written in present tense, which really isn't something I'm overly fond of, but, I must say, in some cases, like the more action-based scenes, it kinda worked really well.

But, overall, a great novel with an AWESOME adaption of the Joker.

A must-read for all Batmanfans!

4 out of 5 Batarangs.
Had to download it again. Someday I'll finish it. It's the Graphicaudio version. Why do the authors have to word things in such literary ways?


I finally finished it, even though it's only about 6 hours. Somehow I kept falling asleep. :) I think it has one villian too many, shades of Spiderman 3. Of course the Graphicaudio production is always good. It's just a matter of the material underneath. They should have an author write a book with the intention of being Graphicaudio-sized. To be honest
Mar 27, 2011 William rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhero, paperback
This author seemed to have a younger, more adolescent audience in mind as he quickly jumped from scene to scene without much of a true plot. Bad guys want to embarrass the Batman, and he fights back.

Inferno's role seemed tacky, and quite useless. The police cannot stop him but the Joker smacks him around like a little girl.

And speaking of the Clown Prince of crime, he seems to enjoy the unusual indifferent attitude of Gotham's police as he strolls down the street without a care in the world. And
Robert Lee
This is for the Graphic Audi production. I thought the performances and the creation of the book were topnotch, and voice talent worked really well. The story, however I thought really did not have much cohesion and seemed to be a lot of random vignettes tied together. Also it was hard to discern what Batman cannon the story took place in as there were constant references to past events that don't seem to be in any other printed books. The story takes place about 2 years after Batman's appearanc ...more
David Dougall
Apr 10, 2013 David Dougall rated it really liked it
Shelves: hero-fiction
I listened to the Graphic Audio version of this book and I must say that it's pretty damn fantastic. I have listened to two Graphic Audio Batman books and both times The Joker has made it for me. For those of you who don't know Graphic Audio essentially produces audio dramas akin to the olde time radio shows. It's really good and I suggest that any Batman fan check them out.
Michael Smith
May 09, 2013 Michael Smith rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read, but at the same time it could have been better. I wasn't that keen on the author's style of writing - especially his constant writing in present tense rather than past tense - and his portrayal of Batman, while interesting and insightful in some parts, also seemed immature and silly in other parts. That said, the other characters were written fairly well.
Oct 08, 2015 Damien rated it liked it
Decent Batman story that only has a few drawbacks. The chief among these is there is an overuse of French language by characters. Yes, I understand the character of Enfer using it, since it's part of his motif. However, the Joker and Batman using it randomly in thought is just a bit jarring. All-in-all, very enjoyable despite its flaws.
Some good performances and some excellent effects work and fourth-wall breaking around the Joker elevate an otherwise standard story.
Jan 19, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Graphic Audio is so good. The joker is hysterical. LOL 10 times very loud and hard in the first couple of hours.
May 30, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing
Okay, you got me, BUT IF I could be any superhero, you guessed it-the JOKER! and I love it when he's kickin' batass!
Matt Randall
Sep 25, 2012 Matt Randall rated it really liked it
Im a sucker for a good superhero book. This one had fantastic drama and a couple of good twists and turns.
Jun 28, 2010 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-batman
Probably forgettable, but fun while it lasted.
Ryan Merrill
Apr 28, 2014 Ryan Merrill rated it liked it
Good book I love Batman
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simple moniker "Alex Irvine." He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail quest novel One King, One Soldier, and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narro ...more
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